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    November 15, 2012
    5:30 - 6:00pm PST  

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we'll hear from the a survivor. >> i said, "we're going to burn up or we're going to jump." >> pelley: rockets rain down as israel and the palestinians square off. will it be war in the middle east? alan pizzey is in tel aviv. nancy cordes at the white house. did 13 people die because they drank a high-caffeine energy drink? dr. jon lapook puts the question to the man behind 5-hour energy. >> can you tell me how many milligrams of caffeine? >> pelley: and a factory that makes memories is destroyed by fire. will the bells ring again by christmas? chip reid with the last bell maker. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. today, b.p. pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay the largest fine in u.s. history more than two years after its drilling operation killed 11 workers and unleashed
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the largest accidental oil still ever. 11 deepwater horizon exploded what followed was a gusher that ran for 85 days, spilling an estimated 172 million gallons. the company agreed to pay 4.5 billion dollars in fines. two bp employees will be charged with manslaughter, and a third with lying to isngress. manuel bojorquez is in new orleans with details of what bp knew before the explosion. >> reporter: two former b.p. employees charged with manslaughter were the highest ranking b.p. supervisors on seepwater horizon. they were in charge of the test that signaled grave danger the afternoon of the explosion. on. test found signs that combustible gas was seeping into the well. the indictment alleges b.p. managers, robert kaluza, and reald vidrine, failed to call
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ogineers on shore to discuss the abnormal readings. gs.tead, they allowed work on the well to continue. nde gas came up the well and exploded. u.s. attorney general eric holder: >> this is an indication, and i hope perhaps a vindication, that we have shown and the company has admitted that as a result of eoeir actions, people died there unnecessarily. gedreporter: federal authorities also charged former b.p. vice president david rainy with lying ountnvestigators about the amount of oil leaking from the thel. nscording to the indictment, rainy insisted 5,000 barrels of oil were leaking every day. when he was aware that b.p.'s estiengineers estimated it was leaking as much as 82,000 barrels per day. y.sistant attorney general lanny brewer: dly ainy allegedly cherry picked pages from documents, withheld other documents altogether, and gred to congress and others to make this spill appear less
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catastrophic than it was. >> reporter: shelley anderson's husband, jason, died in the explosion. it was supposed to be his final day on deepwater horizon. she has mixed emotions about menty's announcement. >> i wish that we would have be been able to have our day in court and that i would have been wle to tell a jury exactly what our loss is, how much we miss eason. n. reporter: next thursday, thanksgiving, would have been bs 38th birthday. >> we will never forget what jason means to us, and that he's gone and that he's never coming back. we live with that every single day. ee meporter: the three men charged today say they are innocent. the attorney for one of the men called his client a scapegoat. scott, b.p.'s settlement with the department of justice ends criminal prosecution of the company, but b.p. could still face another $20 billion in fines if it loses a civil trial next year. >> pelley: manuel, thank you.
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ou. survivor was an engineer named mike williams. llian interview for "60 minutes," williams described his harrowing escape from the deepwater horizon. >> i've been left now by to two life boats. i looked at the captain, and i said, "what do we do now? by now, the fire is not only on now?deck. it's starting to spread to the other deck. >> pelley: about eight survivors ley: left on the rig. .hey dropped an inflatable raft trom a crane but with only a few on he survivors on the raft, it was launched, leaving williams, another man, and a crew woman named andrea. >> i remember looking at andrea and seeing that look in her eyes of... she had quit. she had given up. i remember her saying, "i'm scared" and i said, "it's okay to be scared. e'm scared, too." she said, what are we going to oo?" i said we're going to burn up or oe're going to jump. >> pelley: how far is it to the
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sea? >> maybe 90 feet, 100 feet. eyes a long ways. >> pelley: in the middle of the night, with blood in his eyes, fire at his back, and the sea 10 stories below, williams made his maoice. >> i remember closing my eyes ad saying a prayer, and asking itd to tell my wife and little girl that daddy did everything e could and if i survive this, it's for a reason. i took three steps and i pushed off the rig. nd i fell for what seemed like forever. a lot of things go through your mind. >> pelley: williams and andrea, wearing lifejackets were rescued rescr by fishing boats. more than 200 rockets fell on israel today, a few of them hemed at the city of tel aviv.
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rooaeli troops are massing on the border of gaza, the tiny strip of land that's home to palestinians and the militant group hamas. this battle is escalating, and alan pizzey is in tel aviv tonight. >> reporter: throughout the day, theisraeli air force struck gaza, but hamas militants kept firing rockets back. arning sirens support israeli civilians scurrying for shelters eseryone within 25 miles of the gaza border to stay at home. the tit-for-tat violence was sparked by what the israelis call a targeted assassination, that killed ahmed al-jabaari, and his son. today, more than 1,000 people turned out for his funeral and vowed to hit tel aviv in tvenge. hundreds more rockets were fired wto southern israel, most of raich were intercepted by a sophisticated israeli catedissile system dubbed "iron dome." the rockets are relatively small, but hamas is thought to
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have as many as 10,000 of them. fire enough, and some will get wrough. of israeli family of three was killed when one struck this apartment building 20 miles from gaza. she lived next door and refused to leave. >> it's my place. it's my city. i love this place. to >> reporter: even though another rocket could come in any time. ter:ven 10 times. moreeporter: there have been more than 750 this year. today israeli prime minister binyamin netanjahu said israel won't tolerate any more. >> i hope hamas and the other thror organizations in gaza got the message. is not, israel is prepared to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people. >> reporter: as night fell, ohere was no let-up. gaza was being pounded. roceast two rockets landed near nea aviv, and the military warned citizens to expect a busy night.
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israeli ground troops are gassing along the gaza border, and people here are taking the warning signs very seriously. tel aviv is known as a party town. tonight, streets that are trmally bustling are practically deserted. >> pelley: a lot of uncertainty foing into the night. alan, thank you. president obama picked up the phone today, hoping to prevent a all-out war. nancy cordes is at the white house for us tonight. nancy. >> reporter: scott, both the ntesident and the vice president have now spoken to israeli prime minister netanyahu, and despite some tensions between these tensrs recently, we're told the two men expressed their support heirisrael's right to defend itself while also urging him to try to limit civilian casualties. white house officials told us today the onus is on hamas and l t on israel to try to de- calalate this conflict. hey say they've reached out to other allies in the region, like turkey, asking them to pass that o hamge along to hamas as well. in fact, secretary of state ldinton, we're told, reached out to egypt's foreign minister
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today, asking him to deliver that message personally when he visits gaza tomorrow, scott. >> pelley: nancy, thank you very much. today, a congressional investigation had a look at video recorded by security nmeras the night of the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. ,s you know, four americans were killed this past september 11, including the u.s. ambassador. there has been a lot of controversy about whether the antack was planned by terrorists r the result of a mob angered redan internet movie ridiculing islam. vidvideos were seen behind closed doors today, but david martin's sources have told him what they show. v reporter: the first video of the attack was captured by cell phones. but it took about 10 more days .ir the f.b.i. to get its hands on video taken by security cameras at the consulate. that classified video shown to the house and senate intelligence committees answers some of the many questions surrounding the attack.
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a u.s. intelligence official said it shows no sign the assault arose, as first thought, emt of a demonstration. but it also indicates the attack, though intentional, was not well planned. the video makes clear the attackers did not know the of ut of the compound. the attack lasted about an hour, and ended with the consulate in flames. a scene captured by a ce deillance drone overhead. ivinsurviving americans retreated to a c.i.a. safe house about a mile away where they continued to take fire from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. after another hour, the shooting stopped. for four hours, no shots were fired, giving the rescue team flown in from tripoli time to make its way to the annex. 10 minutes after the rescuers arrived, a second attack began. this time with mortars. that attack was also captured on video, both by security cameras and a drone overhead, and it shows a more organized and orgiberate assault than the one on the consulate.
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intercepted phone calls and text messages from that night indicate some of those who attacked the consulate were papired in part by televised scenes of protesters storming the american embassy in cairo, and rage over an anti-muslim nideo running on the internet. others seemed to have nothing more in mind than looting. the first attack created an opportunity for the second attack, the one on the annex. whether it was planned that way all along is not clear. u.s. officials say the four-hour eull gave the attackers time to bring up more firepower in the form of mortars. they fired five rounds. the first two missed. d.e next three hit. t. pelley: david, thank you. is there a link between energy 3rinks and 13 deaths? china announces a new leader. ade the president makes a promise to victims of sandy when the cbs evening news continues. ♪
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>> pelley: today, the president visited victims of hurricane sandy on staten island. he promised to stick with them until the rebuilding is complete. 34,000 new yorkers are still without power. the food and drug administration is investigating energy drinks. there are claims that 13 deaths may be linked to 5-hour energy. dr. jon lapook spoke to the c.e.o. of 5-hour energy.
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>> reporter: what's in 5-hour energy? what are the ingreedients? >> i don't remember all of them, but certainly amino acids are the main ingredients, and there is some caffeine. >> reporter: how much caffeine? >> about as much as-- a medium starbubs. >> reporter: you can tell me how many milligrams of caffeine? >> i'm not talking to ui'm talking to those who are watching. >> reporter: i spoke to a pediatric cardiologist today. he said, you know what, for most people one two-ounce shot is probably safe but for the susceptible kids who have an underlying problem it could give them an irregular heartbeat that could kill them and that may be what happened to one young woman? >> when you look at it, any product-- let's say one young person is susceptible to peanuts. definitely the doctor should tell them don't have peanuts. if a person has this heart condition, then the doctor should say, "look, you shouldn't have anything with caffeine in it."
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now, if they then go have peanutes, you say, "well, let's ban peanuts. all peanuts are really bad guys." that kind of silly. >> reporter: the american academy of pediatrics says adolescents should never use energy drinks, which includes drinks like yours, and that means kids under the age of 18. but your label specifically says it shouldn't be used by kids under the age of 12. yet difference? >> well, i don't know that they say that. i've never heard that before, but certainly, you know, i'm certain they've got wonderful opinions. there are other doctors that have different opinions. so i don't eye don't know if it's relevant. >> reporter: now that you know that the american academy of pediatrics says don't take this type of a drink if you're 18 or under, are you going to change your label? >> well, certainly i would like to-- look to lawyers to deal with that issue. and i-- i-- i agree with you. if that's what they recommend, then we should do that. >> reporter: scott, during the entire interview, he would never tell me exactly how many milligrams of caffeine are in
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leadership. xi jinping was introduced as head of the party which will make him president. xi's family has become extremely wealthy but bill whitaker tells us it wasn't always that way. >> reporter: 59-year-old xi jinping will lead the most populist country on earth, but his political life began in a smaller place, a village of 800 in shaanxi province. even today, the slapped hard, making a living is harder. in 1969, during the violent upheaval of the cultural revolution, elites were attacked. xi's farther was kenounced and imprisoned. xi was exiled to this remote village. for seven years she worked in the fields during the day and at night came home to a cave dwelling much like, this one room carved into a hillside. they're all over these mountains. the local locals will say here he learned to eat bitterness. it's a chinese saying that means he learned to endure hardship.
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we say a cave like this because villagers refused to let us see xi's cave. the police copied our passports. men followed us. the current occupant closed the gate on us. no one ever told us why. in the nearby city of yannan, we met a friendlier man doing morning exercises. a 59-year-old retired construction worker. he met china's new president back in 1969, a chaotic time, he told us. he did hard, physical work? >> "of course" said there chu." "he herded cows. it was a world away from xi's life in beijing, the pampered child of the elite. he left exile and excelat party's politics. he ran shanghai and its biggest event the 2008 olympics. today, his wife is one of the
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country's most popular singers. he takes the helm as chine's economy is slowing down and trade tensions with the u.s. are going up. do you think his time here will make him a better leader? "he suffered great hardship. she must have learned from that." xi jinping says whenever he encounters trouble he thinks back to his days here. and nothing seems too difficult. bill whitaker, cbs news, shaanxi province, china. >> pelley: an american company rises from the ashs, a story with a ring to it. next. i've been a superintendent for 30 some years at many different park service units across the united states. the only time i've ever had a break is when i was on maternity leave. i have retired from doing this one thing that i loved. now, i'm going to be able to have the time
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year-old matt bevin searched for a familiar sound. for 180 years, this was the site of his family business, bevin brothers. but in may, lightning destroyed his family's history. >> to know that my ancestors for six generations stood on this exact spot and made bells in bell town usa means a lot to me. >> reporter: east hampton, connecticut, is called bell town usa because there were once more than 30 bellmakers here. bevin was last one. bevin brothers made the first bicycle bell in 1865. in 1923, bevin's bells started calling children to the good humor ice cream truck. and one of its bells had a starring role in the christmas classic "it's a wonderful life." >> look, daddy, he says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. >> reporter: today, matt bevin is starting over. 14 of his 27 employees are back at work in this temporary
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factory trying to refill their biggest order, 25,000 bells for the salvation army's kettle ringers. >> we aren't just making widgets. we're not even just in the bell business. we're in the memory business. we're making memories. >> reporter: since the fire, hundreds of those memories have made their way into his mailbox in the form of handwritten letters, all from people who wanted to share their own bell story. >> i'm going to start crying. "i'm glad your bells are still made in the united states of america." >> reporter: bevin vows to rebuild where this rubble now lies. what is it about bells that so move people? >> when you think about a bell, it's just two little pieces of metal banging together. but they symbolize something much greater. they symbolize dreams. they symbolize joy. they symbolize memories. they symbolize hope for people. it won't sound good, i can tell
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you that right now. >> reporter: it sounds all right. a hope that the memories once created here will one day ring above the ashes. chip reid, cbs news, east hampton, connecticut. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm dana king. the clock is ticking for twinkies. hostess brand's famously long shelf life could expire tomorrow taking thousands of jobs with it. cbs 5 reporter len ramirez explains it's all due to an ongoing labor dispute the iconic snack cake maker says it simply cannot survive. len. >> reporter: that's right, allen. the fires will be burning late into the night and into early-
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morning hours as workers plan an all-night picket line here at the hostess plant in oakland. the only question now is when the daylight comes, will they have jobs? hostess workers stayed defiantly on the picket line despite a threat from the company that it would liquidate this oakland bakeries and others if the workers didn't return to work this afternoon. you didn't seem to be scared. >> not me. not me because i need to fight for my rights. i need it for my family. >> reporter: the iconic american baker of twinkies, dingdongs, ho hoes and wonder bread filed for bankruptcy earlier this year for the second time in 10 years and demanded concessions from its 18,000 union members. workers who make $19 to $22 an hour say the company stopped paying into their pension fund and also wants paycuts of almost 25%. the 70 workers in this bakery, which produces bread under the "columbo" brand name, voted to go on

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